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Charles Schumer
  U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on Kavanaugh  CSPAN  September 25, 2018 1:36am-1:48am EDT

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that than to testify under oath before the judiciary committee and judge kavanaugh and the american people deserve that and i want to make it perfectly clear judge kavanaugh will be voted on here on the senate floor. as a nominee to the supreme court will receive a vote in the near future. >> in the confirmation of any supreme court nominee it is the senate's job to carefully and review the potential the position and once confirmed the supreme court justice not subject to review or term limits the lifetime appointment to examine any
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supreme court nominee in light of those facts doctor ford has come forward with credible allegations that judge kavanaugh was guilty of misconduct and i believe her but regardless of what you believe she regards on - - to live deserves to be heard that is dignified andnd respectful to both sides with as much verifiable information gathered before hand and now there are allegations that should be examined there is one way to get to the bottom of this with a quiet serious and thorough background check by the fbi. that is a logical way to go the fbi's professional they
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have a large incentive to tell the truth opening the fbi investigation is a routine practice for judicial nominations that happens over and over again when new information comes out that my so concerned they should want the fbi to handle the allegations in fact there is only one way to get to the bottom of these allegations the independent background check by the fbi on the one hand they avoid this
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serious way to get at the allegations by the fbi. for some reason both the white house and republicans are blocking the investigation.b for its purpose when we asked the republican friends and president trump if president trump and senate republicans are so certain those allegations are true why aren't they welcoming to the fbi? >> leader mcconnell spent five minutes pointing their fingers at democrats. that shows someone dug in a deep hole. they are part of a despicable smear job. what are you afraid of? >> what are you hiding? >> nobody knows but people who
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want the truth will find a truth teller and those who don't will run away with those wild and untethered allegations that is what leader mcconnell is doing. do these right wing justices two years from now there is a huge backlash if kavanaugh should get on the court. that is not the search for truth. and then to avoid the truth that should not happen. think about it. the white house is blocking the impartial allegation and
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chairman grassley is setting arbitrary deadlines and then to o the right to call other witnesses that always happens including the alleged eyewitness and then to back up kavanaugh. and at least he says he does not remember we hear chairman grassley wants to bring in outside counsel as if doctor ford were on trial. this is so unusual that it shows a fear on the part of our republican friends that something bad will come out. madam president chairman grassley leader mcconnell continue down this road we are
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headed for a hearing that is far from a fact-finding inquiry in what it should look like far from fair. the american people should ask those that support judge kavanaugh who is more credible? >> doctor ford? >> you want the fbi to investigate her allegation to corroborate her account our republican friends who are running away from anyin objective and not only does she want the fbi to look into this but she took volunteer lie detector test and she knew
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she was inviting harassment and ridicule and abuse for going forward and she feared her life would be appended for still has the courage to do this not the rushed kangaroo court with members on the republican side. that will say things behind her back. who is more credible? >> doctor ford to submit to all this or republicans of the white house to stonewall who are refusing to call other witnesses? >> in including the alleged eyewitness it is an easy easy
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answer. so when he rails and rants to set up the straw man he is afraid of what would come out and what the truth is. we heard judge kavanaugh's defenders say this happened 36 years ago it should not matter with those tortured formulations of boys will be boys i don't agree with any of those excuses but let me address those that say that you think it is a long time ago now let's not hold somebody 30 years later one obvious answer is the supreme court so those who believe that judge kavanaugh is not being treated fairly because of his credibility some other
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what you think what happened 36 years ago is enough to remove him from consideration as i do but credibility is extremely important judge kavanaugh has unequivocally denied maybe i have had too many to drink or my recollection is not great. and this comes on top of the fact that judge kavanaugh testimony had real issues are they again denying the truth as a confirmation to the court hangs in the balance? >> given how they skirted the
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truth with those issues on torture and now he says this so let's assume after the testimony how do they appoint judge kavanaugh? >> so there is the issue of credibility for what different people give 30 some years ago if they excuse or don't excuse the behavior. i don't excuseor - it if judge kavanaugh is thean straightforward individual we want on the bench and to avoid
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the truth in his testimony is just another worse indication that he does not have the judgment or the moral character orr ability for a job that requires all three. so information in the face of multiple allegations the fbi should field the background investigation when those appropriate witnesses are called anything less will be viewed by the american people and is a stain on the integrity of the supreme court. i yield the floor. >